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captioning funded by cbs and ford >> pelley: the job approval rating for the congress is 15%. what do you say to the 85% of the american people who think you are doing a lousy job? >> i would say they are right. i wouldn't vote to approve this congress. >> pelley: but the new republican senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell, and the republican speaker of the house, john boehner, promised to change that, hoping to work with the president-- but, as you will hear, on their own terms. from the president's state of the union address, let me ask you, dead or alive-- raise taxes on the wealthy? >> dead. real dead. >> good morning. good morning, chief. >> whitaker: chief calvin williams is trying to reform his
police force while working in one of america's most violent cities. you have got a predominantly black city and a majority white police force. does that need to change? >> if you come from the premise that, you know, only an african- american can police other african-americans, then we are all doing, doomed to failure. >> max, agent, make me rich. thanks a lot. >> stahl: li na is one of the wealthiest female sports figures in the world. she is probably china's most famous athlete and an idol to young chinese-- not only because of her ability, but because of the way she stood up to the chinese system. >> i didn't care about the obstacles, i was just heading toward my goals. >> i'm steve kroft. >> i'm lesley stahl. >> i'm morley safer. >> i'm bob simon. >> i'm bill whitaker. >> i'm scott pelley. those stories tonight on "60
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gains in the
midterm election. they had just heard the president lay out his vision. >> barack obama: i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda... ( applause ) ( laughter ) i know because i won both of them. ( cheers and applause ) >> pelley: what was your impression of the president's
state of the union speech? >> mitch mcconnell: my first thought, it was... it sounded like he was running for a third term. he seemed to have completely forgotten or chose to ignore the election last november. he was looking out at an audience that had 80 more republicans in it than his first state of the union. >> pelley: mr. speaker, i think your reaction to the state of the union was written all over your face. it must be a hell of a thing to sit behind the president knowing that 30 million americans are watching you for an hour. do you practice that scowl? >> john boehner: no. i stare at the back of the president's head.
and my goal is to make no news. this is the president's night, and so
i sit there and try to make no news. although, inside, i've got a lot of things rolling through my mind. >> obama: our deficit's cut by two-thirds. a stock market that has doubled and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. ( cheers and applause ) this is good news, people. ( laughter ) >> pelley: unemployment has fallen to 5.6%, gasoline prices are down, the stock markets are up. the economy grew by 5% in the third quarter. that's the fastest rate in more than a decade. you don't congratulate the president for that? >> mcconnell: look, things are getting better. but the point is, who is benefiting from this? this has been... a top of the income recovery. the so-called 1% that the president's always talking about, have done quite well. but middle and lower income americans are about $3,000 a year worse off than they were when he came to office.
>> pelley: is income inequality a problem in this country? is it a problem that republicans want to address? >> boehner: it is. and frankly, the president's policies have made income inequality worse. all the regulations that are coming out of washington make it more difficult for employers to hire more people, chief amongst those, i would argue, is obamacare, which basically puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create. >> pelley: from the president's state of the union address, let me ask you-- dead or alive raise taxes on the wealthy? >> boehner: why would he want to raise taxes on people? >> pelley: i'll take that as a dead. >> boehner: dead, real dead. >> pelley: make community college free of charge, dead or alive? >> mcconnell: we added more debt during the obama years than all the presidents from george washington down to george bush. and giving away free tuition strikes me as something we can't afford. >> pelley: i'll put that down as dead as well. increasing the federal minimum wage?
>> boehner: bad idea. >> pelley: dead? >> boehner: it's a bad idea. i've had every kind of rotten job you can imagine growing up and getting myself through school. and... and i wouldn't have had a chance at half those jobs if the federal government had kept imposing higher minimum wage. you take the bottom rungs off the economic ladder. >> pelley: finally, dead or alive, tripling the childcare tax credit for working families? >> boehner: we're all for helping working class families around america. i think we'll take a look at this when he sends his budget up, something that could be looked at in the overall context of simplifying our tax code and bringing rates down for everyone. >> mcconnell: i would just add trade. virtually every republican in the audience the other night stood up and applauded when the president talked about trade. >> pelley: speaking to folks at the white house the other day, they told us that one of the areas they thought there was a chance for progress is on infrastructure in this country-- roads and bridges. what do you think?
>> boehner: we agree. you know, the biggest problem i have is that the highway trust fund, which is funded by gasoline taxes, continues to shrink as cars get more and better mileage standards. and so the money that's in the highway trust fund isn't sufficient to meet the infrastructure needs of the country. >> pelley: you can fix that. you can raise the gas tax. hasn't been raised in decades. >> boehner: well, listen, when the democrats controlled the house, the senate, and the white house, they couldn't increase the gas tax. we believe that, through tax reform, a couple of other options that are being looked at, we can find the funds to fund a long-term highway bill. it's critically important to the country. >> pelley: the republicans leaders also told us they intend to take initiative on foreign policy. will you pass additional sanctions on iran to stop their nuclear program? >> boehner: very concerned about the iranians, the threat that they could be developing a nuclear weapon. and i believe and, i think, the
house believes, that more sanctions, if they don't come to an agreement, are in order. >> pelley: the president said in his speech that you will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails if you do that. >> boehner: i disagree with the president. >> mcconnell: under the proposal we're considering, those enhanced sanctions would only occur if a deal is not reached. in other words, it further incentivizes the iranians to reach an agreement because they know things could get considerably worse if they did not. >> pelley: mr. speaker, the day after the state of the union address, you invited the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu-- a critic of the president's foreign policy-- to come to speak to a joint session of congress. you blindsided the white house with that. >> boehner: i gave them a heads up that morning. but there's nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the iranians pose-- not just to the middle east and to... and to israel, our longest ally, but to
the entire world, but bibi netanyahu. >> pelley: was that some kind of a brushback pitch, sort of telling the president, "look, if you're going to go your own way on foreign policy, two can play at that game?" >> boehner: the president didn't spend but a few seconds talking about the threat, the terrorist threat that we as americans face. this problem is growing all over the world. and you know, the president is trying to act like it's not there. but it is there. and it's going to be a threat to our homeland if we don't address it in a bigger way. >> obama: and tonight, i call on this congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against isil. >> pelley: will you pass a measure authorizing the use of force against isis? >> boehner: we will. >> pelley: will your measure outlaw ground troops? >> boehner: well, we'll have a discussion with the members and with the white house on whether that's appropriate. but i don't want to limit the president's ability to take on
the terrorist threat directly. >> mcconnell: i think what is required is that we defeat isis. and as john has indicated, it will require boots on the ground. the question is, whose boots? and i think it'd be a very foolish mistake for us to say in advance what we won't do. and nobody's advocating a use of american ground troops there at this point. but why in the world would we want to send a message to our enemies what we will or won't do in the future. >> obama: today, our immigration system is broken. >> pelley: we also wondered about the president's decision to bypass congress with his own immigration reform. the president has temporarily protected about five million illegal immigrants in this country from deportation. the house just passed a bill to block that. and i wonder, mr. leader, are you going to pass a similar bill in the senate? >> mcconnell: well, you know the president said on 22 different occasions that he didn't have the authority to do what he did.
of course, the 22 occasions occurred before last november's election. since the election's out of the way, he did exactly what he said he didn't have the authority to do. so we will try to pass the house bill when it comes over to us. and i think it'll be vigorously supported by the vast majority of my members. >> pelley: he's going to veto that bill if it reache his desk. is that governing, just sending bills up to the white house that are going to get vetoed? >> mcconnell: look, can i say something about vetoes? the president's vetoed two bills in six years, two little bills over technicalities. the reason was the senate never sent him anything that caused him any discomfort. in our system, it's... it's going to happen occasionally. presidents veto bills-- there are differences of opinion between congress and presidents that's not unheard of in our system. >> pelley: president obama's job approval rating is 46%. it's pretty poor. but the job approval rating for the congress is 15%. what do you say to the 85% of
the american people who think you're doing a lousy job? >> mcconnell: i would say they're right. hey, i wouldn't vote to approve this congress. and from a senate perspective, i can... i can tell you the senate has been essentially dysfunctional for four years. i mean, it's basically been shut down. and these guys on the house side have passed lots and lots of legislation. it would come over to the senate, and literally nothing would happen-- i mean, absolutely nothing. >> boehner: over the last few years, we sent 400 bills over to the senate that never received action. almost all of them passed on a bipartisan basis. never got considered. >> pelley: that's because, as you would expect, the previous democratic senate leadership used tactics to hamstring bills from the republican house. now, with both chambers in republican hands, mcconnell says more bills are going to get a vote.
critics have often said, and this stings the president, that he should do more to reach out to republicans-- invite them over to the white house, have them over for dinner, play golf with them, that sort of thing. but many people don't realize that republicans turn down those invitations because they tell the white house they can't be seen with the president. how is anything going to happen in the city of washington if the two parties can't be seen together? >> boehner: listen, the president and i talk and i know mitch talks to the president. and we had a meeting at the white house last week. it was all very cordial, it was all very straightforward. i don't think... i don't think that's the issue. you know, the president could have, with the state of the union, just put out an olive branch, could've taken just a little bit different tone that would've indicated to us that there's some interest in working with us.
i can tell you, we're interested in working with him. >> pelley: mr. speaker, can you bring the tea party in line? there are tea party groups that hold fundraisers under the heading of "let's fire the speaker." they don't think you're very conservative. >> boehner: well, my voting record is as conservative as anybody here. the issue with the tea party isn't one of strategy, it's not one of different vision. it's... it's a disagreement over tactics, from time to time. frankly, a lot is being driven by national groups here in washington who have raised money and just beating the dickens out of me. >> pelley: conservative groups raising money, beating the dickens out of you. >> boehner: beating the dickens out of me... well, you know, because it works. they raise money, put it in their pocket, and pay themselves big salaries. >> pelley: how many republican parties are there? >> boehner: well, there's one. and we continue to work to bring those members along, and they bring them along. and... but it's always a work in progress.
>> pelley: the president often says that he can't be the leader of just one party, that he has to be the president for all of the united states. and i wonder whether either of you lay claim to that same responsibility of uniting the country, rather than dividing it? >> boehner: i don't want to divide the country. we try to do everything we can up here to help unite the country. but having this debate is the american way. >> mcconnell: we're not divided on our love for and support for the country. we have very different views, as adams and jefferson did, about what america ought to be like. and we resolve that through the democratic process. and so, i would not view with alarm the fact that there are robust debates going on in congress over the future of this country.
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missouri, and in new york city. then, when it seemed things could not get worse, a black man claiming revenge assassinated two new york city police officers. we have been following the division between the police and the public in the city of cleveland. it reached a critical stage when a city cop killed 12-year-old tamir rice as he played with a toy gun. the cleveland p.d. was already under investigation by the justice department for widespread use of excessive force. now, it's up to the city's chief of police, calvin williams, to calm the outrage and reform a department in one of the most violent cities in america. are there bad guys within the police department? >> calvin williams: of course there are. and it's my job to make sure we weed out the bad people from this division, and that we nurture and grow and support the good officers that are out there. hang tight for a second while you guys sit in the car and let
me talk to the commander, all right? >> all right. >> williams: okay. >> whitaker: chief calvin williams has been a cop in cleveland for 29 years. he's faced one crisis after another since assuming command in february. no incident in cleveland has been more horrifying than the killing of tamir rice. security camera video captured rice playing with a pellet gun. the police pulled up, and within two seconds, an officer shot the boy. on the left, you see tamir's 14- year-old sister being tackled by police as she rushed to her dying brother. the police ride up, and almost even before the door is open the 12-year-old boy is shot. >> williams: a 12-year-old boy lost his life, period. and what makes it even more difficult for me, not just as a person that lives in the city but as a chief, is that that happened at the hands of a
police officer. >> whitaker: the rookie officer who killed rice was hired by the cleveland p.d., even though another police department had found him emotionally unfit and forced him to resign. how did he get hired by the cleveland police department? >> williams: those are things that are under investigation that we're definitely taking a second, a third, and a fourth look at. >> whitaker: how did he slip through? >> williams: we know some of the things that happened in that process, and we're-- even at this moment-- changing the way some of that is done. >> whitaker: prosecutors are investigating the rice case. protests against, and in support of police, have continued in cleveland ever since the shooting. you've got a predominantly black city, and a majority white police force. does that need to change? >> williams: diversity is always, always at the forefront of what i'm trying to do in this
city. but if you come from the premise that only an african american can police other african americans, then we're all doomed to failure. >> whitaker: you've heard about the talk that many african- american families have with their young sons to watch out when they have an encounter with the police. is that unnecessary? >> williams: well, bill, i don't want to minimize that, because i know that happens a lot in minority communities. i can say, from a personal standpoint, you know, i have a 24-year-old son and i've never had that talk with him. you know, i expect him to be respectful and to act properly no matter who he's encountering, whether it's a police officer or a news anchor person. is there something that happens in this country between african americans or minorities and law enforcement? yes, it does happen.
>> whitaker: the city asked the u.s. justice department in 2013 to investigate the cleveland p.d. after more than 100 police officers joined a high speed chase and fired 137 times at this car, killing two unarmed people inside. police mistook their car backfire for gun shots. last month, the justice department report found a pattern of "unnecessary and excessive use of deadly force," and it described an "us against them" mentality between the police and the community. what's more, some suspects were beaten, pepper sprayed, and tasered, even after they were already in custody. the report found a pattern of excessive use of force. you disagree with that? >> williams: yes, i do. >> whitaker: the report found that it was systemic within the division. you disagree with that?
>> williams: yes, i do. >> whitaker: what do you agree with? >> williams: i agree that there are some issues within the cleveland division of police as they pertain to use of force, as they pertain to reporting, and community issues. and we are working diligently, both with the department of justice and with the community to make sure that we correct those things. >> whitaker: there's a memorial here at the spot where 12-year- old tamir rice was shot. but this park is hallowed ground for police officers, as well. less than 100 yards away are memorials to two officers killed in the line of duty. one was murdered by a drug dealer. the other was shot by a rape suspect. when it comes to pain in cleveland, there isn't much distance between the people and the police. six cleveland cops have been killed in the last 20 years. danger and stress take their toll. a police officer's life expectancy here and around the country is ten years shorter
than the average american. officers shane bauhof and eric newton patrol cleveland's 4th district, the most dangerous beat in the city. they told us about a struggle with a drunk suspect who tried to grab newton's gun. >> eric newton: there's safeguards to keep it from just coming out... coming straight out. but, i mean, you can hear that and i can feel it tugging on my hip. >> whitaker: he's trying to pull it out. >> newton: with both hands. >> whitaker: were you scared? that had to be frightening. >> newton: it's terrifying. you're keenly aware of what the consequences are if he is successful in doing that. >> whitaker: does it still haunt you? >> newton: i don't think i'd use the word "haunt." i find myself thinking about it now every time i talk to somebody. >> whitaker: they have been partners for six years, and have never wanted to work in any other neighborhood. >> shane bauhof: i don't live here, but this is my community. a lot of times, in a busy week i spend more time here than with my own family at home.
it's not me against them; i'm out here protecting. >> whitaker: the murder rate in cleveland last year was higher than in chicago, new york, or los angeles. 103 people were killed in cleveland, 42 in this neighborhood. this day, the wind chill was 20 below zero, but newton and bauhof kept the car window open so they can hear gunfire. this is the most dangerous area right here. >> absolutely. yes. >> bauhof: i can tell you, there are some individuals in the community who do scare me a great deal, given the types of things they've done in the past and the arrests we've made. yeah, they scare me. if an officer comes out here and says he's not scared of anything, he's a liar. >> whitaker: how do you protect and serve people you're afraid of? >> williams: you know, if you look at things that have
happened around the country, both to other people and the police officers, some of that fear is warranted. because there are people out there that mean harm to police officers. >> whitaker: one of the problems exposed in the justice department report was how the cleveland police improperly deal with the mentally ill. tanisha anderson had a history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. two months ago, she was disoriented and outside in the cold wearing a nightgown. her brother joelle and her mother casandra called for an ambulance. two police officers responded instead. >> joelle anderson: she was treated like a criminal instead of a human being that had a right, you know, to get some help. >> whitaker: the family and the cops agreed that tanisha needed to go to the hospital. but when police moved to put her in the squad car, her brother saw her panic. how was she behaving? >> anderson: she was just holding onto the car doors.
>> whitaker: not allowing them to push her in. >> anderson: right, that's all she was doing, just holding onto the car doors. >> casandra johnson: i've never seen so much force from a big hand crunched down on somebody's head like that, just constantly, constantly trying to get her in the car. and i'm like, "what is going on? is she a criminal or what?" >> anderson: the big cop, he slammed my sister. >> whitaker: he slammed her? >> anderson: he slammed her. he snatched her off the car, the inside of the police car and he slammed her. >> whitaker: and he slammed her to the ground? >> anderson: to the ground. i never will forget that. >> whitaker: the officers say that tanisha was kicking at them and resisting them. >> anderson: that's absolutely untrue. i was there, i know. >> whitaker: the family says one officer put his knee in her back as he cuffed her face down on the sidewalk. she stopped moving. they waited 20 minutes for an ambulance. she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
tanisha anderson was 37. the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide. the anderson family is suing cleveland, and has demanded all officers be trained to deal with the mentally ill. >> williams: it's another incident that we definitely feel sorry that it happened, period. >> whitaker: do your officers have training in how to deal with the mentally ill? >> williams: yes, some of our officers do. we have approximately close to 450 officers that are trained in crisis intervention. >> whitaker: 450 out of how many? >> williams: out of approximately 900 that are in patrol. the agencies that were in place, i'd say ten years ago, to handle things with the families, to handle things with mental illness, to handle things with addiction aren't there anymore. people call 9-1-1, we have to respond. >> whitaker: the department received a staggering 400,000 calls for assistance last year more than one call per resident. chief williams says he wants his
officers to stop responding to so many non-emergency calls, and instead get out of their squad cars and get to know the community. but it can be uncomfortable for police, which is exactly what we saw when we asked officers newton and bauhof to meet with some of the people they serve at this community center. what is the perception of the police? >> in this neighborhood, it's not that good. >> some people get that badge on they chest, and they think they become superman. they got a right to take on the world. >> whitaker: how do you differentiate these kids from the ones you call the "bad guys"? >> bauhof: one of the things is probably a smile and a wave and "how you doing, officer?" instead of spitting. >> whitaker: why do you think they would spit at you? >> bauhof: not everyone likes the police. >> it seems like every time a young, black man is involved they shoot first, ask questions later. >> bauhof: me and my partner
have arrested hundreds of gun arrests. neither one of us have ever fired our gun at anybody. >> whitaker: eric, you been kind of quiet here. >> newton: well, i'm listening. >> whitaker: what are you hearing? >> newton: more communication. i've never encountered a situation that couldn't benefit from more communication. >> whitaker: the justice department is insisting on reforms, including new rules on the use of deadly force and faster ways to discipline bad cops. >> williams: unfortunately, it takes time. you know, i for one would love to be able to wave my magic wand and have this change tonight. good morning. >> good morning, chief. >> whitaker: after spending four days with chief williams, you get the sense that he's disgusted, even furious that the actions of some of his officers have so badly damaged the reputation of the department he's risked his own life for.
>> williams: i had people actually trying to take my life on four separate occasions. and i survived that. i could give you a whole list of officers attacked with deadly weapons that survive and don't end up using deadly force against that person. >> whitaker: what's at stake here for cleveland? >> williams: everything. everything's at stake. i mean, i talk to people every day that say, "we support you and we know you have a difficult job to do with the division of police. but we know, in the end, this police department will be better." and if that's not the case at the end of this, then i failed at my job. and i hate to fail. >> bill whitaker talks about "the talk." go to 60minutesovertime.com. sponsored by lyrica. before fibromyalgia, i was on the go. i kept on top of things. i was a doer. then the chronic, widespread pain slowed me down. my doctor and i agreed that moving more helps
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>> stahl: it's not unusual for tennis stars to have been groomed from an early age by hard-driving parents. andre agassi had his father, mike. martina hingis-- her mother, melanie. chinese champion li na, who became one of the highest-paid and most-watched female athletes in the world, had a "tennis parent," too. hers was her country's state-run sports system. one of tennis's big grand slam tournaments, the australian open, is underway this week, but without li na. after she won last year, she hung up her racquet, leaving the sport after a remarkable career- - remarkable not just because she won two grand slams, but because she stood up to the chinese authorities to win some freedom. when li na reached the finals of the french open in 2011, 116
million people were watching her back home in china. they were hoping she would make history and become the first chinese citizen ever to win a grand-slam tennis tournament. and with this point, she did. ( cheers and applause ) >> li na: i was lying on the ground and the hand was in the face. and then i saw, wow, blue sky. ( cheers and applause ) and i try to cry, but i cannot because so exciting. ( applause ) >> madams et messieurs... >> stahl: it was the crowning achievement of her career up to that point. but she had barely lowered the trophy when she was accused of being ungrateful by failing to properly thank her country for making the victory possible. one headline called it, "china's victory." >> li na: ( laughs ) >> stahl: they felt that the country had put so much money and effort into training you that it was their victory. and you just didn't see it that
way. >> li na ( translated ): i just thought i was fulfilling my dream. >> stahl: as she told us in both chinese and english, she felt it was her victory-- as an individual, not as part of a collective. by then, li na had been questioning the chinese mindset and standing up to the authorities for years. you looked, to me anyway, to be incredibly brave. you challenged the way things were. you were just a little girl, you know. you were just one person. >> li na ( translated ): because i had a goal. i didn't care about the obstacles. i was just heading towards my goal. >> stahl: she inherited the goal from her father, who had enrolled her in china's sports system at an early age, hoping she would follow in his footsteps and play badminton. she wasn't very good, and a coach suggested she try tennis. did your parents even know what tennis was? >> li na: no. >> stahl: no.
>> li na ( translated ): i remember my parents used to call it "fuzzy ball." >> stahl: they didn't even call it "tennis." >> li na ( translated ): because, back then, not many people in china knew about tennis. >> stahl: by the time she was eight, she was practicing six days a week on these courts in the provincial city of wuhan. li na lived with other players in a spartan, state-run sports school. that's her on the upper right with the short-cropped hair. you look like a little boy. >> li na: yeah. >> stahl: did that bother you? >> li na: no. >> stahl: what did bother her was the constant stream of criticism from her childhood coach, yu liqiao, seen here grabbing her arm. >> li na: the way she speak, everyone think she pretty angry, you know. yeah, so i was, like, scared. >> stahl: she was always making you feel you weren't good enough. >> li na: yeah. push me a little bit. ( laughs ) >> stahl: you hated her? >> li na: yes. ( laughs ) >> stahl: the coach's brutal
method was hardly unusual in the chinese sports system, which was modeled on the soviet union's. to this day, china operates a vast network of sports academies that have been criticized for over-training their young athletes, causing psychological stress, and providing inadequate educations. at 15, li na became the youngest person ever to win the national league singles finals, but she was lonely and depressed. her father had died and her mother had fallen deeply in debt. the one bright spot in her life was a romance with a fellow player on the provincial tennis team, her mixed doubles partner and future husband, jiang shaan, a.k.a. dennis. did you have to keep it secret in the beginning? >> dennis: no secret for everyone. i think, maybe only the coaches. >> li na: yeah, yeah. ( laughs ) only the coaches. >> stahl: so you did have to keep it a secret from the coach?
>> dennis: no, i think that the coach didn't ask it and we didn't answer. >> stahl: but as time went on, li na started feeling bullied by the sports system. during this ceremony in 2001 the official who placed the medal around her neck slapped her after she came in third. a few months later, li na quit walked away from tennis altogether. but the tennis authorities begged her to come back, so a year and half later, she returned and her career took off. >> announcer: advantage, li. >> stahl: at the 2008 olympics in beijing, she upset venus williams in the quarter- finals... ( cheers and applause ) >> announcer: game, set, and match, li. >> stahl: ...and the crowd went wild. >> crowd: li na! li na! li na! li na! >> stahl: she was popular, fans liked her. she wasn't like other typically stoic chinese athletes. when she lost a big match, you knew it hurt. and she also had a firecracker temper.
in the olympic semi-finals in beijing, she got so angry with her home-country fans, who were shouting encouragement and advice during the match, that she told them to... >> li na: shut up! >> stahl: ...shut up. your childhood made you an angry person. >> li na: it's not against someone. it's angry about myself because i think i didn't doing good enough. >> stahl: because of the echo of the coach in your head, and you were kind of beating up on yourself a lot. >> li na: yeah, maybe. because pretty deep, you know, so it's now... >> stahl: scar tissue. >> li na: yeah, it's not easy to forget or take off. >> stahl: another cause of her anger was that she was competing against western players who had their own personal coaches and trainers, while she did not. she felt the government-run system was holding her back. when she complained about this publicly, the head of china's tennis program denounced "the shortcomings of her morals."
you were having difficulty with the system-- not just then repeatedly all through this period? >> li na ( translated ): well, i think maybe this was sort of a catalyst for me getting my own team. ( cheers and applause ) >> stahl: she got her own team and was allowed to keep a much larger share of her winnings after the 2008 olympics. zhang bendou, a chinese tennis writer, says it was a stunning development in chinese sports. >> zhang bendou: after 2008 olympic games, we have four or five chinese players all get more freedom. they can have their own coach, decide their own schedule, but you have to pay your own coach yeah, and your flight tickets. >> stahl: but it was seen as a big... i don't know. >> bendou: it's a big change. >> stahl: the change put a lot of pressure on li na's husband dennis, who, at times, also served as her coach and punching bag. >> li na ( translated ): if you don't want to watch, you should just get out of here.
you don't need to put on such a stinky face. is the way i'm playing embarrassing you? >> dennis ( translated ): i just want to talk to you about... >> li na ( translated ): get lost! >> stahl: and in her post-game interviews, dennis became the butt of her jokes. >> li na: because i didn't have a good evening last night. my husband sleep like, ( snores ), like this you know. ( laughter ) you know, sometimes i just make the joke. >> stahl: did you take it as a joke? >> dennis ( translated ): i don't want to answer that question. >> stahl: during one very difficult period, dennis left her and li na was devastated. they reconciled, and have been inseparable ever since, even making tv commercials together. the extent of her popularity in asia is hard to overstate. li na has more than 20 million followers on china's social media. "time" magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and "forbes" named her the second highest paid
female athlete. if she hadn't fought for more freedom, she would have had to have given 65% of her income to the state. last year, she made an estimated income of $24 million, and she very publicly thanked her agent. >> li na: max, agent, make me rich. thanks a lot. ( laughter ) >> stahl: advertisers see her as a way into the lucrative chinese market. her sponsors include mercedes benz, rolex, and nike. her ad campaigns are aimed at chinese youth, who are attracted to li na's feistines and courage. >> bendou: i think that young people love her because, not only she can win the champions but also she dare to say no to the system, she dare to get out of the system. >> stahl: after her victory at the french open in 2011, she fell into an awful slump. she hired argentinean coach
carlos rodriguez to get her back on track, and he told her she needed to strike at the source of her anger. so li na met with her old nemesis, coach yu, and told her how her coaching methods had hurt her. so, was there a release for you in being able to tell her and looking her in the eye? >> li na ( translated ): well, after that, this burden was gone. >> stahl: carlos knew what to do. >> li na ( translated ): yeah, he is a very good coach. a very good psychologist. >> stahl: her improved attitude paid off at last year's australian open when she won her second grand slam... >> announcer: game, set, and match. >> stahl: ...and became number two in the world. in her victory speech, she thanked dennis, and brought down the house. >> li na: thanks for him give up everything just traveling with me. thanks a lot. you're a nice guy. ( laughter )
and... and also you're so lucky, find me. ( laughter ) >> stahl: the system wanted to take credit for the victory. when she returned home, coach yu was sent to greet her with a hug for the cameras. li na looked happier when she was slapped! evidence of li na's influence can be found in the rising number of private tennis academies that have opened up around beijing, with sophisticated training techniques. a new generation of young women want to be the next li na. no one calls it "fuzzy ball" anymore! but shortly after her australian victory last year, she stunned the tennis world, announcing her retirement. at 32, after multiple surgeries, her tired knees were giving out and so she decided... >> li na: ( speaking chinese ) >> stahl: ...to say goodbye.
she left the game with tears and some regrets. she even went out of her way to thank the sports system and her former coaches. she told us she planned to live in china, start a tennis academy here, and raise a family with dennis. you would like to have children? >> li na: yeah. i would love to have at least two. >> stahl: you don't want to make any announcements on "60 minutes," do you? >> dennis: ( laughs ) no, no, no, no. >> stahl: no, no, no. >> li na: no. not yet. ( laughter ) >> stahl: not yet. okay, all right. but last week, at the australian open, she had an emotional secret to share with the crowd. >> li na: me and dennis, we are so exciting. our first child will be out in the summer. ( cheers and applause ) >> announcer: li na! >> stahl: after all her dramas and her courageous fight to control her own career, li na says she's at peace, even with the stern and demanding sports system that got her here, the
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